Travel Tips for Quebec City, Canada
Your first sight of the
Château Frontenac hotel lets you
know that you have arrived at a very different place. Quebec City is
the capital of Quebec Province, but the first few miles of the city next to the St. Lawrence River have an old Europe, medieval appearance. Narrow
back streets, sidewalk cafes, old architecture, and a French-speaking
populace all combine to give you the atmosphere of a very special place.
We stopped here as part of a cruise from
Montreal to New York. Our ship docked downtown, and we were able to
walk off the ship right into the historic area. Cruise ships docking
here will have city views on the port side, and river views on the starboard
There are several excellent shore
excursions offered at this port, and you will want to take at least one
of them in order to get the true feel of Quebec City and its history.
In addition to the quaint, old city look, there is a restored area that
portrays old Quebec City.
the official language of this province, and not everyone speaks fluent
English. For example, we took a cab for a short trip to a drugstore,
and our driver (mid-20's) spoke almost no English. And the entire
staff at the large, modern drugstore spoke absolutely no English.
That, however, just adds to the European feeling of this city.
Be sure to save some time to walk around the
downtown district. It may be a little challenging to climb the hill
where the Château Frontenac
is located, but the historic area and downtown are right there at your ship,
within a reasonable walking distance. And, of course, there are a
multitude of shops to help you with your souvenirs.
Tips for Quebec City visitors
- Plan on doing some walking in the
downtown/historic district. This is a very photogenic city, and your
strolls will be rewarded with many memorable sights.
said -- This is truly a memorable old city, and visiting it was an
experience. The dock is so convenient to the city that I walked on
and off the ship several times.
said -- I never saw this port. I had eaten a sandwich in
Montreal that had bad mayonnaise, and I was very ill for several days with
food poisoning. This was a difficult lesson to learn on what to eat,
and not eat, when traveling. No more mayo on trips for me!